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OUTSIDE TOKYO

‘Seiji Fujishiro 90th Birthday Anniversary’

Fukuoka City Museum

by Sang Woo Kim

Staff Writer

To many, the term “shadow play” or “shadow puppetry” will conjure up images of black silhouettes telling a story against a bright white background. Seiji Fujishiro’s shadow-play visions, however, are filled with vivid colors, abstract shapes and detailed scenery.

Using vibrant hues in subtle gradations and tones, the backgrounds to his cutouts reveal rainbow-colored mystical worlds of mermaids, elves and circus creatures.

More than 200 of Fujishiro’s works, including new ones depicting scenes in Fukuoka, are being exhibited at the Fukuoka City Museum to celebrate the artist’s 90th birthday in April; till May 11.

Fukuoka City Museum; 3-1-1 Momochihama, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka. Hakata Stn. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 1,400. Closed Mon. 092-845-5011; www.fujishiro-fk.jp